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The Promise: A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship Kindle Edition

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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Rachelle’s story is not just one of overcoming the most difficult of circumstances . . . it is a story of friendship, loyalty, triumph, and, most of all, a love story. It will move you, remind you of what is truly important in life and inspire you. You will admire Rachelle’s strength, celebrate the love she shares with her husband, Chris, and you won’t be able to put this book down. (Jenn Berman, host of VH1 Couples Therapy and The Dr. Jenn Show on Oprah Radio; author of SuperBaby)

From a tragic accident comes a story of astounding friendship and resilience. Paralyzed from the chest down after being pushed into a pool on the night of her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman and her four best friends made a decision to never reveal the name of the friend who pushed her in. Facing the invasive and often cruel public eye, the girls formed a rare and special bond that led to Rachelle's recovery, a lifelong secret, and her eventual fairy-tale wedding.

About the Author

Rachelle Friedman, once a program assistant at a senior's activity center, is now an advocate for those with spinal injuries. Rachelle has appeared on The Today Show and HLN, and she has been written about in numerous worldwide publications. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post. She and her husband live in Knightdale, North Carolina with their two dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1965 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0762792949
  • Publisher: Skirt! (May 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MJD9XO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I could not put the book down, I am amazed at Rachelle's strength and wisdom. I am a 62 years old woman with children and grandchildren, and yet I could learn a few things from this young girl about being positive and knowing what is really important in life. Rachelle understands what true love is, she lives it, and so deservedly she is so loved by her husband, in spite of the tremendous hurdles. I recommend the book to anybody who takes life for granted or thinks his life is not good enough..
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I didn't want to put this book down. There were times when I cried, times when I laughed, but most of all there were times when I was amazed by Rachelle's strength, her loyalty, and her understanding of the importance of friendship and love! I can't wait to see her interviews and to hear "the rest of the story".
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The author fed off her friend's guilt. I hated how she repeated the fact the she was protecting her friend, while throughout the book she highlights her friend as if she is trying to reveal her identity, so much so that I felt that I had a very good idea as to who she was. The author mentions her brother in the book too. There were just too many contradictions about her feelings..If she had said that she did feel some kind of resentment towards her friend, the book would have been more believable. This book was way too shallow despite it's tremendous tragedy. Dont get me wrong, I absolutely feel for all those involved in this terrible tragedy, especially Rachelle, but I wanted the book to be about her journey and not have her highlight her friend so much, especially if she truly wanted to protect her secret identity.
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I enjoy reading Rachelle's blogs and other posts on social media, so I've been anxiously anticipating this book. I'm also a wheelchair user, and although my situation is very different from hers (I'm a para rather than quad, from birth rather than injury), it's amazing how many of us wheeled people do share a lot of the same thoughts, experiences, and frustrations. I appreciate that Rachelle is using her experience to educate others, and thank her on behalf of those of us who may not have a backstory that is as compelling and book-worthy as hers but still face some of the same things.

Aside from the obvious lesson about living life to the fullest, I hope that after reading this book people will also begin to reevaluate any negative assumptions and behaviors they may have towards people who are physically different. I loved her thoughts about those common cliches that we all hear over and over (& never want to hear again), and I actually may have yelled an "Amen!" when she explained why "handicap" is one of those words that needs to find itself out of 21st century vocabulary. Fortunately, we live in a very different time where some challenges are being alleviated with advances in medicine, technology, and laws that make things more accessible and available to us. But as Rachelle's story shows, the greatest barriers are often attitudes, and those are quite stubborn; continued education is our greatest defense when it comes to that problem. For example, as someone not married yet, it was shocking for me to read about how many people think (and are bold enough to actually TELL them) that it's surprising that her husband stayed with her after the accident.
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Got this book from the library after seeing the great reviews but I honestly couldn't even make it past the fourth chapter. Rachelle repeats herself a lot and the book just doesn't flow. I didn't find myself connected to her love story, and there was way too much focus on the secret. If it's a secret keep it a secret and don't keep talking about it. I wish her the best, and it really is a tragic situation but I couldn't bring myself to keep reading.
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Rachelle does a succinct job in the telling of her story. The fact that she does not reveal the name of the girl whom playfully pushed her into the pool was commendable. Unfortunately, as I was reading it that part almost became a mystery of sorts and at times I kept asking I wonder which one it was. Not because of some morbid curiosity but the fact that it is mentioned in the book quite a few times that the name will never be revealed so my mind kept asking that question. Her spirit and sense of humor that she conveys is nothing short of astounding. She doesn't like to be called an inspiration so I won't say that; however, what I will say is that she is a motivator to able-bodied people everywhere. I have often told my own wife that any day we wake up and can see, hear, and walk is a great day. Life can change on a dime and Rachelle is a testament to that. In the end she opens up about the very little things that she wishes she could do again. This is not done to garner sympathy because she is not that type of woman; however, one can't help but feel it. I found myself shaking my head a lot reading this book simply because we live in a random world where unfortunate and tragic things happen to good people and it, for lack of a better word, sucks. I highly recommend you read her story because like I said in my title her story is the human spirit defined.
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